‘Doctor Strange’

ds_endless_possibilities_posterAn extended origin story of lesser known superhero, the arrogant super-surgeon Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game, Star Trek: Into Darkness) dominates what turns out to be a somewhat dull, formulaic action adventure.

The Himalayas look ravishing (Strange turns to eastern spiritualism at the failure of western medicine) but its LSD-inspired visual trickery of the infinite universe goes on too long. (At least seeing it in 3D will provide a sense of value-for-money)

Director Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Deliver Us From Evil) choses to focus on the action rather than anything approaching rounded characterisation (cue the Yoda-like Tilda Swinton – Michael Clayton, We Need to Talk About Kevin – two-dimensional scowling tough guy Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave, The Martian – et al) but, ultimately, fails on that score too.

Rating: 48%

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